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The mission of the Salisbury University Libraries’ Edward H. Nabb Research Center for Delmarva History and Culture is to cultivate and sustain the advancement of scholarly research through collecting, preserving, and providing access to records and artifacts that illustrate the rich historical and cultural heritage of the greater Chesapeake region. It was founded in 1982 and includes the Local History Archives, University Archives, and Special Collections, among other book and microfilm collecti...



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This excerpt from a Baltimore Afro American issue dated 12 December 1931 highlights the lynching of Matthew Williams in Salisbury, Maryland on 4 December 1931. Included are images of the violent racial terror attack and testimony from family members, as well as information about an unidentified man who was lynched the same night as Williams. Only an excerpt is provided under fair use.
Topics: lynching, racism, Salisbury, Maryland
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by Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation Delmarva Folklife Project
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This interview was conducted with Lucille Snyder in Willis Wharf, VA. In this interview, Lucille describes her life growing up on a farm on the eastern shore of VA in the early 20th Century. She describes the farms she grew up on, some home remedies, the foodways of the time such as canning vegetables and "Chix and sausage", and using potato "kilns" to store root vegetables until they got a refrigerator. She also talks about the Keller Fair and the attractions it showed...
Topics: Delmarva Folklife Project, Willis Wharf (va.), needlework, quilting, foodways, family life, Cape...
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This interview was conducted by Kelly Feltault with Bill Cummings on March 2, 1999. Bill Cummings is an artist in Tilghman Island, MD. In the interview, he describes how he became an artist and the methods he employed to create his sketches and paintings--mostly of waterman on the Eastern Shore of Maryland-- noting how some of his art has been sold and hangs in Higgin's Crab House in St. Michael's, MD. A lot of the interview is Bill describing the various pictures he made and the motivations...
Topics: Delmarva Folklife Project, Art, Tilghman Island (md.), Watermen, Water working
The Howard and Marvin E. Cox Ledger and Journal are two separate entries that contain information about the residents of the town of Nanticoke in Wicomico County, Maryland. Recorded are marriages and deaths within the community, with modern additions from Marvin Cox concerning the oyster and construction businesses in Nanticoke and the meeting minutes of the Willing Workers in the 1930s. Finding Aid portal link:  https://libapps.salisbury.edu/nabb-archives/local-history-archives/2012.058
Topics: Salisbury University, Edward H. Nabb Research Center, Construction, Business, Marriage, Nanticoke,...
In 2004, G. Ray Thompson (professor of history at Salisbury University) transcribed over 300 inventories dating between 1665 to 1700 primarily in the Bogerternorton Hundred, though also other surrounding areas of old Somerset County, Maryland. Included are introductions to the transcription, which was made from microfilm copies held at the Nabb Center.
Topics: court records, colonial America, Maryland
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by Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation Delmarva Folklife Project
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This interview was conducted by Kelly Feltault with Victor and Bernice Simpson in Willis Wharf, VA. In this interview, they speak about James Victor Simpson and his life as well other crafts. Victor speaks about his father, James Victor Simpson, and the various boats he's built in his shop on the waterfront; everything from "Scow", "Chinco", row boats, dredge monitors, and outboard and inboard boats. He talks about the materials and features that he would include in the...
Topics: Delmarva Folklife Project, water work, watermen, boat building, Willis Wharf (va.), family life,...
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Part of the Humphreys Family Collection, this book belonged to Josephine Humphreys and records several family recipes.  Finding Aid portal link:  https://libapps.salisbury.edu/nabb-archives/local-history-archives/2012.048
Topics: Salisbury University, Edward H. Nabb Research Center, Recipes, Salisbury, Maryland, 19th Century
This transcription consists of the records of St. Peter's Methodist Church in Hopewell, Maryland from 1857 to 1969. Although this transcript only covers baptisms and marriages, the full collection contains finances and memberships. Finding Aid portal link:  https://libapps.salisbury.edu/nabb-archives/local-history-archives/2000.013
Topics: Salisbury University, Edward H. Nabb Research Center, Somerset County, Maryland, Church Records
This transcription contains the records of the African American church, Mt. Calvary United Methodist Church, in Fruitland, Maryland, and the church records of Friendship and Flower Hill churches in Eden and Allen, Maryland. Included are marriages and baptisms from 1889-1917. Finding Aid portal link:  https://libapps.salisbury.edu/nabb-archives/local-history-archives/2012.061
Topics: Salisbury University, Edward H. Nabb Research Center, Fruitland, Maryland, Allen, Eden, Churches,...
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by Henry Siddel
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Part of the Freedom Ainsworth Collection, the Brigg Peggy ledger concerns the finances of the trading ship Brig Peggy , including the expenses of building and outfitting the ship, cargo carried, and the commanding officer's notes, as it traded between the Wicomico River and the Caribbean. Finding Aid portal link:  https://libapps.salisbury.edu/nabb-archives/local-history-archives/1999.008
Topics: Salisbury University, Edward H. Nabb Research Center, Age of Sail, Sailing, Trade, Slavery, Law,...
The Brattan-Taylor ledgers are ledgers from a store located in Mardela Springs (then called Barren Creek), Maryland. The ledger is archived on microfilm at the Edward H. Nabb Research Center. Finding Aid portal link:  https://libapps.salisbury.edu/nabb-archives/local-history-archives/1985.023
Topics: Salisbury University, Edward H. Nabb Research Center, Mardela Spings, Maryland, Business, Ledger
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by Matthew Wise & Pauline Batchelder
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Matthew Wise's history of the Long Family, originally written in 2000 is reproduced and available for the public here courtesy of the Edward H. Nabb Research Center for Delmarva History and Culture. Dr. Wise died in 2000, this book was completed posthumously by Pauline Batchelder. Matthew Wise earned his B.A. and M.A. from George Washington University, and completed his Ph.D. from Columbia University in 1955. After retirement as a professor and department chair at Roanoke College, he turned his...
Topics: Salisbury University, Edward H. Nabb Research Center, Somerset County, Maryland, Long Family,...
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by Clara Gunby
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The Journal of Clara Gunby is part of a larger collection of papers pertaining to the Gunby Family. Clara Gunby started her journal in 1853, and was a Southern sympathizer during the Civil War - ultimately leading to her arrest for defiance and disrespect of Union soldiers. After the war, Clara Gunby married and moved to Allen, Maryland. Finding Aid portal link:  https://libapps.salisbury.edu/nabb-archives/local-history-archives/1995.012
Topics: Salisbury University, Edward H. Nabb Research Center, Civil War, Fortress Monroe, Allen, Maryland
The  Lieutenant   A llan  Morton Thomas  Jr.   Letters   consists of letters  and personal correspondence  from  Lieutenant  Allan Morton Thomas   Jr. , USNR.  to his wife Georgia E. Thomas   f rom 1942 to 1945.   Thomas Jr.  was a   Lieutenant on  LCI(L) - 225  in  the  U.S.  Navy during World War II.   Thomas Jr. wrote  about his life aboard the ship in the  censored locations of the  Pacific Theater . Several letters have missing pages  and some lines are censored...
Topics: World War II, Personal Correspondence, United States Navy
This transcript is a small part of a larger collection documenting the activities of Red Cross volunteers from Delaware and the Eastern Shore of Maryland and Virginia. The Red Cross Home Service provided disaster relief, home care, and medical services during peace time as well as during the World Wars. Finding Aid portal link:  https://libapps.salisbury.edu/nabb-archives/local-history-archives/2016.095
Topics: Salisbury University, Edward H. Nabb Research Center, Maryland, Delaware, Virginia, American Red...
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This transcription was written originally by Caleb C. Cooper, who was asked to write what he remembered his ancestors and family history in 1961. Cooper's family history starts in 1806 with the birth Elijah Cooper, an Englishman, and ends with him reminiscing about his own life. Finding Aid portal link:  https://libapps.salisbury.edu/nabb-archives/local-history-archives/2007.110
Topics: Salisbury University, Edward H. Nabb Research Center, James River, Family History
The Bethlehem Methodist Church Records document the membership and activities of the Dorchester County church, as well as Taylor's Island's Methodist congregation before the official church's establishment in 1858. Included are baptisms and marriages from 1885 to 1977. Finding Aid portal link:  https://libapps.salisbury.edu/nabb-archives/local-history-archives/2001.004
Topics: Salisbury University, Edward H. Nabb Research Center, Taylor's Island, Dorchester County, Maryland,...
In 1997, G. Ray Thompson (professor of history at Salisbury University) transcribed over 80 inventories dating between 1721 to 1740 (with 12 inventories from the period 1693-1719) primarily in the Bogerternorton Hundred, though also other surrounding areas of old Somerset County, Maryland. Included are introductions to the transcription, which was made from microfilm copies held at the Nabb Center.
Topics: court records, colonial America, Maryland
In 1996, G. Ray Thompson (professor of history at Salisbury University) transcribed over 120 inventories dating between 1701 to 1720 primarily in the Bogerternorton Hundred, though also other surrounding areas of old Somerset County, Maryland. Included are introductions to the transcription, which was made from microfilm copies held at the Nabb Center.
Topics: court records, colonial America, Maryland
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by Henrietta Horner Wyeth
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This diary belonged to Henrietta Wyeth, and begins in 1861 with her recovering from an eye illness, and her observations during the Civil War. Finding Aid portal link:  https://libapps.salisbury.edu/nabb-archives/local-history-archives/2013.093
Topics: Salisbury University, Edward H. Nabb Research Center, Civil War, Virginia, Medicine
This ledger contains the church record of the Madison Circuit of the Delaware Conference of the Methodist Episcopal Church, which was an African American church in Dorchester County Maryland that included Malone Church. Included are baptisms from 1883 to 1893 and marriages from 1883 to 1894. Finding Aid portal link:  https://libapps.salisbury.edu/nabb-archives/local-history-archives/2003.003
Topics: Salisbury University, Edward H. Nabb Research Center, Religion, Churches, Dorchester County,...
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The L.J. Wilson Ledger belonged to L.J. Wilson, who recorded the debits and credits of his customers in and around the town of Princess Anne, Maryland for his  general store. According to available census records, Wilson's store was in operation from 1880 to roughly 1910, and he had effectively retired from the business by 1920. Finding Aid portal link:  https://libapps.salisbury.edu/nabb-archives/local-history-archives/2006.313
Topics: Salisbury University, Edward H. Nabb Research Center, Princess Anne, Maryland, Business, Wicomico...
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by Matthew Wise
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Matthew Wise's history of the Boston Family, originally written in 1986 and long out of print, is reproduced and available for the public here courtesy of the Edward H. Nabb Research Center for Delmarva History and Culture.  Matthew Wise earned his B.A. and M.A. from George Washington University, and completed his Ph.D. from Columbia University in 1955. After retirement as a professor and department chair at Roanoke College, he turned his attention to his native Eastern Shore, documenting the...
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by Elijah T.P. Gibbons
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The letters of Elijah T.P. Gibbons document the lives of several of his family members during the Civil War. Gibbons had a cousin, Alexander King who served in the Union Army, and other letters document the thoughts of friends and family on the Civil War, the draft, debts, and bond statements. Finding Aid portal link:  https://libapps.salisbury.edu/nabb-archives/local-history-archives/1990.028
Topics: Salisbury University, Edward H. Nabb Research Center, Civil War, Kentucky, Tennessee, Military
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William F. Robinson was a bootmaker from the Delmarva Peninsula during the mid-nineteenth century. Operating from Dorchester County, Maryland (1847-1854) before relocating to Sussex County, Delaware (1868-1872), these ledgers document Robinson's business transactions and customers. Finding Aid portal link:  https://libapps.salisbury.edu/nabb-archives/local-history-archives/2015.029
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In the early 2000s, T. Aaron Horner and Joan Barnhart transcribed the marriages, baptisms, and gravestones of St. John's United Methodist Church in Deal Island, Maryland. The original records remain at the church.
Topics: church records, Deal Island, Maryland
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by Anne Catherine Hoof Greene
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The Maryland Gazette was originally published from 1727 to 1734 by William Parks of Annapolis, before being published by Jonas Greene from 1738 until his death in 1767 when his wife, Anne Catherine Hoof Greene, assumed published duties. The Gazette would continue to be published by the Greene family until 1909, and in 1919 was bought by The Capital, which was in turn bought by the Baltimore Sun . The Gazette supported Greene’s positions on colonial freedom and opposition to the Stamp Act, and...
Topics: Edward H. Nabb Research Center, Salisbury University, Salisbury, Annapolis, Maryland, Jonas Greene,...
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They Lived In Somerset is a four volume series compiled by Wilmer O. Lankford, late of Princess Anne, Maryland. They Live in Somerset is divided into four volumes published between 1990 and 1992, covering the families of Somerset County between the late seventeenth and beginning of the nineteenth century.
Topics: Salisbury University, Edward H. Nabb Research Center, Somerset County, Maryland, Wilmer O. Lankford
This "Sketch of the Early History of Wicomico County and Salisbury, Maryland" was written by Maria Louise Ellegood in April 1923 for the Wicomico Woman's Club. It includes a narrative history of Wicomico County and Salisbury.
Topics: history, Wicomico, Salisbury, Maryland
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The Beacon was the yearbook for Salisbury High School, Wicomico County Public Schools’ segregated high school for African American students. The yearbook includes faculty and staff, student portraits, club and athletic photos, and advertisements. Yearbooks were loaned to the Nabb Research Center by Shanie Shields for digitization in 2021.
Topics: salisbury, maryland, wicomico, education, yearbook, african american, segregation, Salisbury high...
In this excerpt of an interview with WM Jackson conducted by George H. Corddry, circa 1980, the two discuss the 1931 lynching of Matthew Williams (1993.18.05a). For more information on this collection, visit the finding aid:  http://libapps.salisbury.edu/nabb-archives/local-history-archives/1993.018
Topics: lynching, oral history, Salisbury, Maryland
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by Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation Delmarva Folklife Project
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This interview was conducted by Kelly Feltault with Ron Rue in Cambridge, MD. Ron is a decoy maker and hunting enthusiast. In this interview, he describes his early life and inspiration for carving, decoy making and hunting, often speaking of the Ward Brothers: well-known decoy makers in the area. He talks about the tools he uses for decoy making, where he gets his materials, and some of his memories of his first orders for decoys. He speaks often of his love for carving both hunting and...
Topics: Delmarva Folklife Project, decoy making, woodcarving, hunting, muskrat trapping, regulation
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by Maces Lane High School
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Tiger Tales was the yearbook for Maces Lane High School, Dorchester County Public Schools’ segregated high school for African American students. The yearbook includes faculty and staff, student portraits, club and athletic photos, and advertisements. Yearbook was loaned to the Nabb Research Center by Shanie Shields for digitization in 2021.
Topics: cambridge, maryland, african american, education, dorchester
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This ledger transcription concerns the activities of Sarah M. Tarr, a bonnet maker in the 19th century. The ledger contains descriptions of work done, the name of the clients, dates, credits, and debits from 1842 to 1850. Finding Aid portal link:  https://libapps.salisbury.edu/nabb-archives/local-history-archives/2014.125
Topics: Salisbury University, Edward H. Nabb Research Center, Worcester County, Maryland, Fashion, Women,...
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by Edward H. Nabb Research Center for Delmarva History and Culture
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Anthony "Tony" Sarbanes was an educator and administrator in Wicomico County from 1961 until he retired in 1989. He was a teacher for four years before becoming an administrator in 1965 right before integration in 1966, and he speaks of the various challenges associated with that tumultuous time. He also speaks of his actions that helped establish Parkside High School in Salisbury.  Transcript available as PDF. 
Topics: Segregation, Race Relations, Integration, Wicomico County Sports Education, Wicomico County...
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On July 15, 2004, Anna L. Lee was interviewed by Penny Grande at Parkside High School in connection with the Teaching American History program. Lee worked as a teacher for 22 years at Bennett Middle School and Wicomico Middle School, serving for 15 years as an administrator. She details her childhood as an African American child in segregated Fruitland and Salisbury, including her experiences of Wicomico County's segregated schools and her decision to go into education. This interview is part...
Topics: Salisbury, Maryland, segregation, Wicomico County Education
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On July 12, 2005, Randall Parker was interviewed by Charles and Karen Smith in connection with the Teaching American History program. In the interview, he discusses his experiences growing up near San Domingo and attending segregated schools, as well as serving in a segregated army unit in the Second World War. This interview is part of the Teaching American History Program.  For more information, see the Edward H. Nabb Center Finding Aid: ...
Topics: San Domingo, Maryland, World War 2, segregation
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by Wicomico High School
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The 1980 edition of the Wicomico High School Tom Tom commemorates many aspects of the 1980s: horror movies, punk rock, vandalism, opposition to disco, and leftover 1970s fashions. Wicomico High School continues it tradition of foreign exchange students by hosting a student from Japan.
Topics: Wicomico High School, Yearbooks, Japan, Punk Rock, Salisbury, Maryland, 1980
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They Lived In Somerset is a four volume series compiled by Wilmer O. Lankford, late of Princess Anne, Maryland. They Live in Somerset is divided into four volumes published between 1990 and 1992, covering the families of Somerset County between the late seventeenth and beginning of the nineteenth century.
Topics: Salisbury University, Edward H. Nabb Research Center, Somerset County, Maryland, Wilmer O. Lankford
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They Lived In Somerset is a four volume series compiled by Wilmer O. Lankford, late of Princess Anne, Maryland. They Live in Somerset is divided into four volumes published between 1990 and 1992, covering the families of Somerset County between the late seventeenth and beginning of the nineteenth century.
Topics: Salisbury University, Edward H. Nabb Research Center, Somerset County, Maryland
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On July 12, 2005, Newell Quinton was interviewed by Jan Robinson in connection with the Teaching American History program. Quinton talks about his education in the segregated San Domingo school for African American children and, later, at Salisbury High School. In particular, he discusses how community life in San Domingo shaped his development and the differences between his experiences and the experiences of current youth. This interview is part of the Teaching American History Program.  For...
Topics: San Domingo, Maryland, segregation, Wicomico County Education
In 1997, G. Ray Thompson (professor of history at Salisbury University) transcribed wills and deeds of gift dating between 1648 and 1845 for people who lived in lower Eastern Shore of Maryland and Virginia. Included are introductions to the transcription, which was made from microfilm copies held at the Nabb Center. The group of wills in this volume was intentionally chosen to represent a few select families: the Bishop (9), Claywell (4), Ennis (20), Johnson (6), Hudson (7), Poynter (4),...
Topics: wills, Maryland, Virginia
In 1997, G. Ray Thompson (professor of history at Salisbury University) transcribed over 80 inventories dating between 1721 to 1740 (with 12 inventories from the period 1693-1719) primarily in the Bogerternorton Hundred, though also other surrounding areas of old Somerset County, Maryland. Included are introductions to the transcription, which was made from microfilm copies held at the Nabb Center.
Topics: court records, colonial America, Maryland
From 1970 to 1973, students in Dr. Polly Stewart’s folklore and folklife classes sought to capture the memory of lynchings on the Maryland’s Eastern Shore. These students interviewed 28 community members, typing or handwriting their stories in a methodology similar to oral histories. Although many of the stories capture vivid descriptions of local racial terror lynchings—specifically Matthew Williams in 1931—they also exemplify the fault of memory 40 years later. In fact, most of the...
Topics: lynching, racism, maryland, salisbury, matthew williams, folklore
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by Edward H. Nabb Research Center for Delmarva History and Culture
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This interview was conducted with Christine Tyler, Executive Director of the Crisfield Heritage Foundation in Crisfield, MD. In the interview, she speaks about her life on the Eastern Shore and in Crisfield, as well as her introduction to the Heritage Foundation, eventually becoming its Executive Director. She speaks about the various activities that the foundation sponsors, including the Oyster & Bull roast and the Hard Crab derby, each bringing quite a bit of participation from the...
Topics: Crisfield Traditions in Time, Crisfield MD, Tourism, Crisfield Heritage Foundation
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James Turner is a long-time educator in Wicomico County, serving at WorWic Community College and Parkside high school. In this interview, he describes his upbringing in the midst of segregation as an African American and his experience with the desegregation of Salisbury, MD. He also describes his various employments including law enforcement, Principal of a night school, and being a Pastor.  This interview is part of the Teaching American History Program.  For more information, see the...
Topics: Segregation, Immigration, Desegregation, African American Education, Salisbury MD, Parkside High...
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They Lived In Somerset is a four volume series compiled by Wilmer O. Lankford, late of Princess Anne, Maryland. They Live in Somerset is divided into four volumes published between 1990 and 1992, covering the families of Somerset County between the late seventeenth and beginning of the nineteenth century.
Topics: Salisbury University, Edward H. Nabb Research Center, Somerset County, Maryland, Wilmer O. Lankford
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Dennis Smith was the Manager of Somers Cove Marina at the time of the interview. In the interview, he gives an overview of the tourism industry in the area, the inner workings of his business, how his business developed, and how tourism has affected his business and the area around him.  This interview is part of the Crisfield Traditions in Time Project.  For more information, see the Edward H. Nabb Center Finding Aid:  https://libapps.salisbury.edu/nabb-archives/finding-aid.php?id=3831  
Topics: Tourism, Crisfield MD, Boating, Crisfield Traditions in Time
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Ruth Diggs was a career seafood picker and worker before she moved to other employment. In this interview, she talks about her upbringing in Crisfield and her early experience with the seafood industry, working in numerous seafood houses. She describes the various jobs she and others had at those houses, from shucking oysters to wrapping soft-shell crabs. She also talks about the degradation of Crisfield and the decline of the seafood business in the area, leaving the town mostly out of work....
Topics: Seafood Industry, Crisfield MD, Crisfield Traditions in Time
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by James M. Bennett High School
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For the 1968 Voyager, elements from older yearbooks return. The county school board is profiled and photographed, and is the first yearbook to have portions presented in color photography. James M. Bennett High School also had their first male exchange student, this time from Australia.
Topics: James M. Bennett Senior High School, Yearbooks, Australia, Salisbury, Maryland, 1968
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by Edgar Noble
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Edgar Noble fought for the Union Army in the Civil War, and this diary concerns his actions from January to July of 1863 including his participation in the Battle of Antietam. Finding Aid portal link:  https://libapps.salisbury.edu/nabb-archives/local-history-archives/2007.053
Topics: Salisbury University, Edward H. Nabb Research Center, Civil War, Antietam, Falmouth, Virginia
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by Salisbury High School
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The Beacon was the yearbook for Salisbury High School, Wicomico County Public Schools’ segregated high school for African American students. The yearbook includes faculty and staff, student portraits, club and athletic photos, and advertisements. This yearbook was loaned to the Nabb Research Center for digitization by Pearlean and Warren White in 2022.
Topics: salisbury, maryland, wicomico, education, yearbook, african american, segregation, Salisbury high...
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by Peninsula General Hospital Junior Auxiliary Board
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Founded in 1924, the Junior Auxiliary Board has been a volunteer organization for Peninsula General Hospital (now Tidal Health Peninsula Regional Medical Center) in Salisbury, Maryland. These meeting minutes document the early activity of the Junior Auxiliary board from 1924 to 1948. In addition to volunteering to help patients, the Junior Auxiliary Board also provides a restaurant and gift shop for the patients and their family and friends, with all proceeds being donated back to the...
Topics: hospital, Salisbury, Maryland
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by Edward H. Nabb Research Center for Delmarva History and Culture
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Jordan Rich was the Co-Owner of MeTompkin Bay Oyster Co. in Crisfield MD. In this interview, he talks about the origin of the business and the history of his family in the seafood business, spanning hundreds of years. He also talks about the changes in the seafood industry in recent years, including the loss of local oyster populations and the introduction of seafood imports from east Asia. He also mentions changes in Crisfield in the past few years and the increase in immigrant workers, noting...
Topics: Crisfield Traditions in Time, Seafood, Crisfield MD
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by James Edward Jensen
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This pictoral history documents the town of Pittsville, Maryland. Originally founded on a crossroads with little more than a store and a church, the town of Pittsville grew rapidly, like thousands of other small towns. More remarkable is that there is plenty of photographic evidence documenting many aspects of Pittsville's history, compiled here by James Edward Jensen
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by Parsons Cemetery Committee
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These 26 ledgers comprise the handwritten records of Parsons Cemetery in Salisbury, Maryland, dating from the 1870s to 2011. Included are lot sale records, burial record ledgers, lot information booklets, lot owner binders, and more.There are both alphabetical listings of lot owners (binders) and lot-ordered listings for both single sites and family lots (ledgers). Listings include financial information for lot sales, internments, and names of deceased. Historic Parsons Cemetery is owned and...
Topics: cemetery, Parsons, Salisbury, Maryland
These two ledgers record the transactions of a general store owned by John Nelms in Salisbury, Maryland. The first ledger is dated 1767 and the second is dated 1775. A typed transcription of the ledgers by the Lower Delmarva Genealogical Society is available in the Nabb Research Center's non-circulating book collection.  The ledgers are part of the John Jacob Collection (1984.016) and more information can be found in the finding aid:...
Topics: ledger, colonial America, Salisbury, Maryland
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by Wicomico High School
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The 1964 Tom Tom details Wicomico High School's post-graduate program, which allowed graduated seniors to return to take a customized curriculum consisting of classes that they had an interest in taking but were not able to, or classes that they need to take for success in preparing them for college or trades.
Topics: Wicomico High School, Yearbooks, Salisbury, Maryland, 1964
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by Edward H. Nabb Research Center for Delmarva History and Culture
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Tim Howard was the owner of Maryland Crabmeat Co. Inc. before it became defunct. In this interview, Howard talks about how his crab packing industry operated and the challenges associated with owning such a business, especially as the industry changed. He also talks about other seafood businesses in Crisfield and around that area, as well as his predictions for the future of Crisfield. Like many others, he predicted that Crisfield would continue to shrink as work went elsewhere. This interview...
Topics: Crisfield Traditions in Time, Seafood, Crisfield MD
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by Houston Cemetery Association
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These ledgers document the Houston Cemetery in Salisbury, Maryland, which was founded in 1901 by African American community leader, Solomon Houston. The ledgers record interments, payments, and more from 1915 to 1937.  The ledgers come from the Linda Duyer African American History Collection at the Nabb Research Center (2012.021). For more information, visit the finding aid here: http://libapps.salisbury.edu/nabb-archives/local-history-archives/2012.021
Topics: salisbury, maryland, cemetery, african american history
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This is the ledger of Marcellus Jones, a Whitehaven, Somerset County merchant. The ledger records the list of customers Jones served and their credits, debits, and goods transferred, and information about Jones and his family. Finding aid link:  http://libapps.salisbury.edu/nabb-archives/local-history-archives/2001.010
Topics: Salisbury University, Edward H. Nabb Research Center, Somerset County, Marcellus Jones, Business,...
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by A.B. Chamberlain
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The crop ledger of A.B. Chamberlain documents the crops planted, sold, and processed by A.B. Chamberlain, a farmer in the early 20th century, from 1903 to 1906. Finding Aid portal link:  https://libapps.salisbury.edu/nabb-archives/local-history-archives/2012.048
Topics: Salisbury University, Edward H. Nabb Research Center, Canning industry, Maryland, Farming,...
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by Pilot (Chicago, Illinois)
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This February 1903 issue of the Pilot is part of the Nabb Center's Mary Anne Pieper Collection (2019.076). The newspaper, published in Chicago, Illinois, was "Devoted to the Interests of the Unmarried--It Is Not Good For Man To Be Alone." Included are dozens of personal ads, some accompanied by a portrait photograph, both by women and men.
Topics: dating, Pilot, Chicago, newspaper
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In 1996, Jennifer Lovellette and G. Ray Thompson (professor of history at Salisbury University) transcribed over 30 inventories of women in old Somerset County, Maryland from 1676 to 1726. The transcription was made from microfilm copies held at the Nabb Research Center
Topics: womens history, inventories, colonial America, Maryland
In 1878, an attempt was made to document the history of the Methodist Church on the Eastern Shore of Maryland. With little data being kept, much of the history of the Methodist denomination, and the Eastern Shore being a bastion of it, has been lost. This transcription was created from an original manuscript found in Philadelphia's Presbyterian Historical Society.
Topics: Salisbury University, Edward H. Nabb Research Center, Somerset County, Maryland, Philadelphia,...
Matthew Wise's history of the Littleton Family, originally written in 1997 is reproduced and available for the public here courtesy of the Edward H. Nabb Research Center for Delmarva History and Culture.  Matthew Wise earned his B.A. and M.A. from George Washington University, and completed his Ph.D. from Columbia University in 1955. After retirement as a professor and department chair at Roanoke College, he turned his attention to his native Eastern Shore, documenting the histories of several...
Topics: Salisbury University, Edward H. Nabb Research Center, Northampton County, Virginia, Nathaniel...
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by Lake, Griffing, and Stevenson
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The 1877 atlas of Somerset, Wicomico, and Worcester Counties, Maryland, was created by Lake, Griffing, and Stevenson (Philadelphia, Pennsylvania). The atlas provides a close examination of each election district in the lower shore counties, identifying individual landowners and African American schools and churches (noted as "colored"). Also included are statistics about the counties, as well as "lists of patrons" that serve as business directories. Print copies of the 1877...
Topics: atlas, Wicomico, Worcester, Somerset, Maryland
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by Isaac Handy
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Isaac Handy's diary records his time as a servant in the Philadelphia home of Mrs. Frank Haseltine. Handy, an African American man who was a native of Wicomico County, Maryland, recorded events in and around the home as well as national events such as the election of Grover Cleveland. Finding Aid portal link:  https://libapps.salisbury.edu/nabb-archives/local-history-archives/2015.125
Topics: Edward H. Nabb Research Center, Salisbury University, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, Domestic life,...
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by Edward H. Nabb Research Center for Delmarva History and Culture
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In this interview, Laura Genevieve Jones describes her experiences in growing up during segregation and her education during that time. She also comments on some lessons to be learned from the experience and how those lessons relate to modern day issues. This interview is part of the Teaching American History Project.  For more information, see the Edward H. Nabb Center Finding Aid:  https://libapps.salisbury.edu/nabb-archives/finding-aid.php?id=1550
Topics: Segregation, Integration, Fruitland Elementary School, Salisbury MD
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by Wicomico High School
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The 1967 Tom Tom shows how the British Invasion was beginning to creep into the lives of American teenagers. Several references are made to Mods and The Beatles, and a page is dedicated to exchange students from Swaziland and New Zealand.
Topics: Wicomico High School, Yearbooks, Swaziland, British Invasion, New Zealand, Salisbury, Maryland, 1966
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The 1766 tax levy of Worcester County, Maryland was transcribed by G. Ray Thompson (professor in history at Salisbury University). It includes an introduction about the record.
Topics: taxes, colonial America, Maryland, Worcester County
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by Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation Delmarva Folklife Project
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This interview was conducted by Kelly Feltault with Al Dager in Middletown, DE, on June 17, 1998. Al Dager is a competitive bird caller and avid hunter. In this interview Al Dager speaks about his involvement in competition bird calling, noting the various grades where the competitions are held and Sean Mann's call-making business. He also speaks about some of the more prominent bird callers, mentioning the celebrity status that some of them have achieved in their field. He recalls when goose...
Topics: Delmarva Folklife Project, bird calling, duck calling, competitive duck calling, Middletown (de.),...